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Kelly Clarkson is no stranger to performing live on TV -- and now she gets to do it for her biggest audience yet. Entertainment Weekly reports that the "Miss Independent" singer has been tapped to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
Clarkson, 29, won't be the first American Idol alum to do the honors at the year's biggest sports event. In fact, Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem in 2008, followed by Jennifer Hudson in 2009 and Carrie Underwood in 2010. Last year, Super Bowl organizers broke their streak by inviting Christina Aguilera to open the show... and, well, we all remember how that turned out. Is it any surprise that they went back to the Idol talent pool this year?
This year's Super Bowl is shaping up to be a great one for music lovers. In addition to Clarkson, Madonna will be headlining the halftime show. She'll reportedly be joined by rappers Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., who appear on the single "Give Me All Your Love" from Madge's forthcoming 12th album. (About a quarter of Madonna's performance will be devoted to new material, according to website Just Jared.) Country music's superstar couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are also expected to perform their rendition of "America the Beautiful" during the pre-game show.
So can we count on Kelly not to flub the lyrics like Christina did? It's a pretty safe bet: She sang the national anthem to open the NBA Finals last year, and at the World Series the year before that.
Super Bowl XLVI will take place at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Feb. 5. It will be televised on NBC and streamed live via NBC.com.
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